Our team of professional safari guides, camp managers, and experienced travel experts share their best safari stories, photos and destination guides among others.
What's hot for 2023
Here’s our guide to Safari Africa’s most exciting developments in 2023.
By Julian | 13 January 2023
Saba Douglas-Hamilton 2022 UK Tour, In the Footsteps of Elephants
We are so excited to be the official sponsors of Saba Douglas-Hamilton’s 2022 UK tour this September and October, across 22 venues.
18 August 2022
The best activities to try in the Okavango Delta
Here’s YZ Wies’s guide to activities, besides a traditional game drive, that you could try in the Okavango Delta, looking at both water- and land-based adventures:
By Wies | 27 June 2022
Should you travel to Botswana’s Okavango Delta or Tanzania’s Serengeti for your safari?
Are you confused as to whether you should travel to the Okavango Delta or the Serengeti? Here, YZ expert Wies outlines the differences between the reserves, to help you decide which is better for your safari to Africa.
By Wies | 01 June 2022
Three Great Guides: Highlights of My Recent Trip to Botswana
This blog was written by James an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, James writes about his trip to Botswana and the three great guides he met.
09 May 2022
Sophie's Top Five Experiences in Zambia
Written by Sophie, ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team from November 2016 to August 2018. Sophie has narrowed down her most memorable experiences from her trip to Zambia’s most famous areas.
06 May 2022
Kenya's Top 10 Luxury Lodges
From the professional guiding and activities to the level of accommodation, a lot of thought goes into offering a top-end product. Here, we've put together our top 10 luxury lodges in Kenya.
By Julian | 15 March 2022
My Honeymoon On Safari In Zimbabwe
YZ expert Kirsten chose to spend her honeymoon on safari in Zimbabwe - here she describes her experience of sleeping on the most luxurious train in the world, witnessing the 'Smoke that Thunders' and then her adventure in Hwange National Park.
By Kirsten | 09 March 2022
COVID-19: Africa and your safari
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve monitored the impact COVID-19 has had on the travel industry. Here we discuss how it changed our travel plans in 2020 and 2021, but why we are optimistic for something much closer to ‘normality’ for 2022.
By Ellie | 23 February 2022
Top most romantic sleep-outs and star beds
Here's our top best star beds and sleep-outs in Africa. With large beds and mosquito nets, you can experience a night under the stars without sacrificing any of your favourite luxuries.
By Kirsten | 14 February 2022
What to do in Sossusvlei: An Adventure Through The Namib Desert
During an amazing trip to Namibia, I spent three days in Sossusvlei, and although I might have only seen the odd oryx and jackal the visit was one of the highlights of my holiday, and I wouldn’t have wanted to have spent any less time there!
By James | 10 February 2022
Namibia and Botswana: A Trip for the Safari Connoisseur
Choosing the right safari destination can be a real challenge with so many amazing experiences on offer. For this reason many people opt to combine countries, cherry-picking the most unique experiences from each, to create a truly bespoke trip.
09 February 2022
Is This Namibia's Most Unique Camp?
Our Sales Director, James visited Namibia on an annual educational safari and explains why Wilderness Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is one of Africa’s finest properties, and with the services to match!
By James | 08 February 2022
A guide on where to stay in Kruger
Kruger is one of Africa’s most popular wildlife reserves. This first-class game-viewing region is home to one of the highest concentrations of big game across the continent. YZ co-founder Julian gives his thoughts on the park and where to stay:
By Julian | 11 October 2021
Client Review: Travelling During The Pandemic by Esther P. and Tracy C.
Read our client review of their trip during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how they managed COVID travel restrictions in Kenya and Zimbabwe.
06 October 2021
Top 10 Things to Do in Cape Town
Here we round up the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa - from mountain biking to going on a culinary tour:
07 August 2021
Best lodges for a nice view in northern Tanzania
YZ expert Linda has just returned from an extensive safari to northern Tanzania. Here she picks out her favourite views:
29 April 2021
The most adventurous safari lodges in Kenya
Do you love exploring new places? Well, we may have the list of properties in Kenya that will tick all your boxes! Tapping into our Kenya experts’ knowledge, we've come up with the most activity-filled camps in the country – take a look here:
15 March 2021
The 5 best luxury lodges in Madikwe, South Africa
Here, we’ve picked a few of our favourite luxury properties in Madikwe Game Reserve.
18 February 2021
14 reasons why you should go to Kenya on your safari
Kenya is a stunning country, hosting vast landscapes, breathtaking scenery, and an amazing abundance of wildlife. Here’s our list of reasons why you should visit this incredible safari-focused destination:
28 January 2021
Madikwe or Sabi Sands… which one is right for you?
Here we compare the renowned Sabi Sands with malaria-free Madikwe to give you advice as to which game reserve you should visit during your luxury South Africa safari.
11 January 2021
The YZ 'Top 5' safaris in Africa
Choosing where to go on safari can be somewhat daunting! With so many first-class countries to consider, and so many different environments, species, sights, and activities to choose from, planning a trip can leave you feeling completely confused!
By James | 17 November 2020
The Serengeti & Great Migration
Stomping ground of the Great Migration and location of the highest predator concentrations in Africa, the Serengeti is one of those rare places that actually exceeds the hype! This Great Migration 12 part Blog Series gives you 'All you need to know'!
By Julian | 01 September 2020
Going alone to Africa: my solo holiday to Botswana and Zimbabwe
YZ’s Angela has just returned from a solo safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana. She explains why Africa is such a great destination for a solo holiday.
By Angela | 07 July 2020
The ultimate guide to where to stay on Zanzibar
Here’s our comprehensive guide to where to stay on Zanzibar, including luxury lodges, boutique hotels, and barefoot resorts set on the best beaches in Tanzania.
By Lauren | 04 June 2020
East Africa or Southern Africa – where to safari?
Can’t decide whether you should go to East Africa or Southern Africa for your safari? Here we take a look at both areas, so you can work out which is the right destination for you:
14 April 2020
A Guide to Pemba Island
This blog was written by Charlotte, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team. Here's her guide to the island and where best to stay.
18 March 2020
Q&A: Cape Town and Victoria Falls
We put safari specialist Wies to the test with a Q&A session, where he shares his best experiences and a few top secrets in Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
By Wies | 02 March 2020
Client review: Tanzania – a beautiful discovery
Micheline travelled to Tanzania on a safari designed by YZ expert Charlotte, and explored Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti National Park.
24 February 2020
Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda: Buhoma to Nkuringo
YZ Sales Manager Emma embarked on a walking safari from Buhoma to Nkuringo – an incredible hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the local wildlife, with a chance of spotting mountain gorillas.
By Emma | 20 February 2020
South Africa vs Botswana: how to choose the right safari destination
YZ expert Antonina explains what you should take into consideration when it comes to planning a safari to Southern Africa’s leading safari destinations, South Africa and Botswana. Here’s her guide to picking the safari best suited to you:
By Antonina | 11 February 2020
YZ’s Favourite Photographic Hides in Africa
A photographic hide gives you the unique opportunity to view wildlife, unbeknown to the animals, at an angle you don’t get from bumping around in a vehicle or trying to approach on foot.
By Emma | 30 January 2020
The Bauer Family Holiday to Tanzania
YZ clients the Bauer family recently returned from a holiday to Tanzania. They explored Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, spotted the Big Five in the Serengeti, and relaxed along the white sands of Zanzibar. Here’s their firsthand account:
29 January 2020
Your Digital Detox: Africa Lodges Without WiFi
For those who need to go full ‘cold turkey’ on the internet, our experts have provided their top picks where you can unplug and enjoy the Digital Detox.
24 January 2020
The Best Beaches in Cape Town
Here we’ve provided our guide to Cape Town’s best beaches, whether you’re looking for a relaxing day walking along South Africa’s beautiful coast or hoping to visit the top beach for observing penguins.
22 January 2020
A Kenya family safari with teens
Are you looking to go on a safari with teenagers? Well, Kenya is the perfect destination, with its Big Five wildlife, impressive amount of activities, & epic lodges that are fantastic for kids. Here’s our advice on what you can expect:
17 January 2020
Best Things to Do in La Digue
La Digue Island truly stole a piece of my heart. Its laidback lifestyle is so refreshing and relaxing when enjoying the tropical sun.
By Maddie | 13 January 2020
Best Africa Safari Lodges for Solo Travellers
Our experts have divulged their favourite properties in Safari Africa that waive the single supplement. There has really never been a better time for a self-discovery adventure to Africa!
By Shona | 13 January 2020
Best 5 Diving Sites in Zanzibar
The depths of the Indian Ocean hide some of the world’s most unique creatures; it's a paradisiacal place for keen divers. Whether you’re on your 1000th dive or don’t know your fins from your mask, there is something for everyone in Zanzibar.
By Lauren | 10 January 2020
Client review: Witnessing the circle of life on safari in South Africa
Michelle O'Dea and her husband travelled to South Africa for their two-week honeymoon, and witnessed the circle of life whilst staying at &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge in the Greater Kruger’s Timbavati Game Reserve.
09 January 2020
Top 6 Things to Do in Praslin
One of the most attractive qualities of the Seychelles is its one-of-a-kind beaches, and Praslin’s pristine beaches are some of the finest in the archipelago.
By Maddie | 09 January 2020
Rare Wildlife & Big Game – a client experience of Victoria Falls and Botswana
In September, YZ client Jill W travelled to Victoria Falls and Botswana, where she and her husband spent some time in Chobe, Moremi, and the Okavango Delta, spotting rare wildlife and plenty of big game.
08 January 2020
Where to Take Your Snorkel in the Seychelles?
Spending a month in the Seychelles allowed me to experience a lot of what the islands and oceans had to offer. Below, I provide a quick summary of my favourite ‘snorkel spots’ for anyone who is lucky enough to travel to this paradise.
By Maddie | 08 January 2020
Top Things to Do in Mahe
Mahé is the most developed and populated island in the Seychelles, and this brings with it an abundance of activities and places to visit.
By Maddie | 07 January 2020
How to Visit Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor is one of the most sought-after properties in the world, and finding availability at this Kenyan hotel can be tricky. Here are some options that might bring you a little closer to living out your dream.
06 January 2020
Christmas Gifts for Travellers to Africa
With the festive season fast approaching, we’d like to share with you our top gift suggestions. Whether the recipient is a seasoned safari-goer or a first-timer, our safari-themed gift ideas are sure to be a hit this holiday season:
By Catherine | 08 December 2019
How to choose your beach extension after an African safari
Not sure about which beach destination to combine with your African safari? Here, YZ’s Kirsten helps you to pick the beach extension that’s the best fit with your safari:
04 December 2019
Experiencing the drought in Hwange National Park and the Okavango Delta
Having just returned from a safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana, YZ’s Angela explains the impact that the drought in both areas had on her recent game viewing. She also discusses why you could consider travelling during the dry season:
By Angela | 04 December 2019
A night under the stars at Alex Walker’s Serian fly camp
On a recent trip to Tanzania, Kelly and her partner Richard spent a night under the stars at Alex Walker’s Serian fly camp in the Serengeti. Here are her thoughts on the experience:
03 December 2019
Why travel to Kenya in the Green Season?
This blog was written by Jesse, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Jesse writes about his trip to Kenya in which he explains the benefits of going on safari in green season.
02 December 2019
Hwange vs. Mana Pools – Zimbabwe’s top two safari destinations
YZ expert James visited Hwange and Mana Pools during his recent adventure to Zimbabwe. Here he compares the two national parks as safari destinations:
02 December 2019
The ultimate horse-riding safari: Offbeat Riding Safaris
This blog was written by Izzy, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Izzy writes about her trip with Offbeat Riding Safaris in the Maasai Mara and describes what a horse-riding safari is like.
01 December 2019
The best walking safari experience: Zimbabwe vs. Zambia
Here’s YZ expert James’s guide to walking safaris in Zimbabwe and Zambia, in which he compares the experiences, the lodges, and the level of safety in each safari destination.
By James | 30 November 2019
Ruaha vs Selous: Visiting Tanzania’s southern circuit
Here we compare Ruaha and Selous as safari destinations within Tanzania's quieter southern circuit.
28 November 2019
Client review: The Clark couple’s holiday to Tanzania
YZ clients Nora Clark and her husband recently returned from a trip to Tanzania. They explored Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti, before relaxing along the shores of Zanzibar. Here’s their review of the trip:
27 November 2019
Fly camping in the spectacular Selous: a client review
Jenny Bolton-Clark and her husband journeyed to Tanzania’s southern Selous Game Reserve, where they stayed at Sand Rivers and went fly camping. Here’s Jenny’s description of the 24-hour experience.
26 November 2019
Walking with Deb Tittle
YZ expert Emma went on a walking safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park with legendary guide Deb Tittle. Here Emma recalls her experience:
By Emma | 13 November 2019
Where to go for a Big Five safari in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
If you’re thinking of going to KwaZulu-Natal to visit the Battlefields in Zululand, why not consider also enjoying a safari in Phinda Game Reserve? YZ’s Will has returned from a trip to this quieter corner of South Africa:
10 October 2019
Client Review: South Africa Safari with the Frohlich Family
The Frohlich family travelled with Yellow Zebra to South Africa, where they spent some time experiencing the country’s culture in Johannesburg, its wonderful coast in Cape Town, and its famous wildlife in Kruger. Check out their review here:
10 October 2019
How Water Levels Can Affect Your April Botswana Safari
YZ’s Antonina discusses her recent experience of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and the game reserves that have been affected this year by low water levels.
By Antonina | 04 October 2019
The Best Eco-lodges in Kenya
Here we detail our top 3 environmentally friendly properties in Kenya. These comprise a family-focused lodge in Laikipia, a holistic camp at the foothills of the Chyulu Hills, and an elephant haven in the heart of Samburu:
23 September 2019
Romancing in Kenya
YZ expert Angela headed out to Kenya and got to experience what the country is like for the true romantic! She and her husband went horse riding, enjoyed a glorious yoga session at sunrise, and completely fell in love with Kenya during their trip.
By Angela | 16 September 2019
The Perfect Camp for Adventure Seekers in Kenya
When YZ expert Wies ventured to Kenya recently, as well as experiencing fly camping, an incredible sleep-out, and flying in a biplane, he stayed at Laikipia Wilderness Camp, which very quickly became one of his favourite properties.
By Wies | 04 September 2019
Over $8,000 Per Night – Find Out Why This Lodge Is Worth The Expense
The sky-high rates of Botswana’s top lodges have been a contentious issue in the travel industry for years. As a number of properties cruise into the multi-thousands per night, YZ co-founder Julian explains why it’s worth paying those prices:
By Julian | 02 September 2019
Africa’s Best Beach Destinations: Zanzibar vs. Kenyan Coast
Here’s our guide to the best beach destinations in Safari Africa, where we compare Tanzania’s famous island Zanzibar with Kenya’s quieter coast, including the beaches of Mombasa, Diani, and Watamu.
29 August 2019
Client Review: Off the Beaten Track in Tanzania
YZ clients Rick and Dorothy F. just returned from safari to Tanzania, where they explored paths less travelled in the Southern Circuit of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.
07 August 2019
Things to Do in Nairobi
Here, we discuss what there is to do in Nairobi, Kenya’s buzzing capital city, from the best museums and art galleries to the finest hotels, bars, and restaurants:
31 July 2019
John & Jac’s Honeymoon to South Africa
Heading off the day after their wedding, John and Jac travelled to South Africa for a Winelands, Cape Town, and safari honeymoon with Yellow Zebra. Here Jac reviews their trip, detailing their favourite highlights and recommendations:
22 July 2019
Top Things To Do in Arusha
Not just a gateway to the country’s northern safari areas, Arusha has a lot to offer travellers to Tanzania. Here YZ’s Matt discusses the top things to do in the city when you have some time to spare.
By Matt | 16 July 2019
The Best Views in Kenya
YZ’s Lauren recently went in search of the best views in Kenya, ranging from Out of Africa’s celebrated cinematic scenery to the country's quiet northern corners. Here she lists her favourite lodges that overlook Kenya’s incredible landscapes:
By Lauren | 09 July 2019
Top Tips to Start Travelling Responsibly
And you may be surprised which is the most effective!
05 July 2019
The Winelands… It’s All in the Name – or Is It?
Although YZ expert Will is predominantly a beer-drinker, he travelled to South Africa’s famous Winelands to see what there is to do in Franschhoek if you don’t drink wine.
17 June 2019
Why You Should Consider Visiting Meru as Part of a Kenya Safari
This blog was written by Ro, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team. Here, she explains why you should consider visiting Meru as part of a Kenya safari holiday.
06 June 2019
Should You Travel to Tarangire in Green Season?
YZ Tanzania expert Matt went on a safari to Tarangire in April. Here he weighs up the pros and cons of visiting this national park during the green season.
By Matt | 23 May 2019
We Lost Our Hearts in Zimbabwe!
YZ client Claudia B. just returned from a safari to Zimbabwe, where she witnessed one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, and went on a safari in Hwange National Park and Mana Pools.
20 May 2019
Advice on Which Horse-Riding Safari Is Best for You
This blog was written by Izzy, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Izzy writes about her trip to Kenya and weighs up the different lodges that offer world class horse riding.
15 May 2019
Winners of the YZ Photography Competition
Here are the winners of the 2019 YZ Photography Competition, as well as a selection of the top 5 best images and the reasons behind why they were selected.
10 May 2019
Expert Advice - Being a Solo Traveller in Kenya
YZ expert Kirsten recently returned from an educational trip in which she travelled solo around Kenya. Here’s how she designed the perfect solo safari.
By Kirsten | 10 April 2019
Into Africa: Client Review of Trip To Kenya and Zanzibar
YZ client Greg and partner Tina travelled to Kenya and Zanzibar in January 2019. From spotting the Big Five within 24 hours of safari to having a very special Maasai name-blessing ceremony, they enjoyed some amazing adventures.
20 February 2019